Heritage Walking Tour of KL December 11, 2010


MV Batch 12’s Heritage Walk on Saturday 11 December 2010

By Kon Cze Yan

It was an end of term treat for Batch 12.  An outing instead of another classroom lecture. The day began quite badly with the closure of Dataran Merdeka to traffic because of a 1Malaysia Run and traffic diversions because of demonstrations regarding Selangor’s water problems. The organiser (me!) was late from trying all possible routes to enter the Royal Selangor Club. Luckily all the other 13 participants turned up fairly punctually around 8.30am. They cleverly came by public transport or parked away from Dataran Merdeka.

Our guide for the 1.5 hour walk was the most knowledgeable Lee Choo Sim. Choo Sim took us from Dataran Merdeka to “Kuala Lumpur” to Medan Pasar. At the Dataran, he regaled us with numerous stories about the buildings around Dataran Merdeka & how life was during colonial times. He gave us little snippets of some interesting characters – who had an affair with whom & who was in love with whom! When we moved on to the river area where the Gombak & Klang Rivers meet, Choo Sim pointed out a few obscure facts like the meaning of Kuala Lumpur, which was the Klang & which was the Gombak River(!) & that the river had a little family of otters. Things started getting steamy in Medan Pasar with stories of drugs/opium dens and sex/brothels. Luckily by then it was time to cool off at the historic Royal Selangor Club.

The Royal Selangor Club (RSC) was established in 1884 – 126 years ago. It was founded by J.P. Rodger, Resident of Selangor, A.R. Venning, Selangor Treasurer, Captain Charles Syers, Commissioner of the Selangor Police,  H.F. Bellamy, Superintendent of the Selangor Public Works Department & K. Thamboosamy Pillai, businessman. It was the social hub of KL during colonial times and almost every big event would be held there.

The MV members had tea, coffee and sandwiches next to the famous Long Bar, the bar which is still off limits to women. Chrissy Lioe, husband & son joined us for refreshments. They had just returned from India. Ismail of the RSC then took us for a short tour of the Club’s premises which was rather like a pub crawl – nearly every room in the Club has a bar!

MV members who attended:

Kon Cze Yan

Karen Loh

Chrissy Lioe

Bahyah Mohd Noor

Chris Clifton

Dany Picot

Jaleh Chegini

Joseph Arputhaswamy

Justin Lai Lye Kim

Low Mei May

Magan Karapal

Stuart Wakefield

Sudha Nair

Lee Ah Chai

FOCUS back with added strength!

I hope you have noticed that our FOCUS meetings are back with added interest. Please check our yahoo! group for details and how to sign up.

Thank you to Kokkie who has so far organized

Oct 4, 2010 Treasures of the World: Jewelled Arts of India

Nov 15, 2010 Human Skeletal Material

Nov 29, 2010 Chinese temples and deities

Jan 27, 2011 Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan

Coming up we have

March 1, 2011 Malaysian jungle

March 12, 2011 Science and Innovation in the Islamic World

Trip to Mughal Art Exhibition at Islamic Arts Museum

Focus on Treasury of the World: Jewelled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals
Date: Monday October 4, 2010
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Islamic Art Museum Malaysia
Notes: Treasury of the World: Jewelled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals
Guided tour by Adline binti Abdul Ghani
This is the most lavish display of historic jewellery ever seen in Malaysia. The pieces in this exhibition exemplify the artistic sophistication and technical finesse of Indian craftsmen in the age of the Mughals, especially during the 16th to the 18th century.
Over the past ten years the exhibition has travelled to a number of leading cultural institutions, including the Louvre and the British Museum. Kuala Lumpur will be the last stop on this global tour.
MV members only. Please sign up with our Focus coordinator Kokkie.

Peranakan Beadwork and Embroidery Talk by PPBNKLS

Tea Talk on Nyonya Beadwork & Embroidery’

By Dr. Hwei-Fen Cheah

Date        :               10 April 2010 (Saturday)

Time       :               4 to 6 pm

Venue    :               VIP Room, Tenji Japanese Buffet Restaurant

Address: Lot L-01-01 SohoKL, 2 Jalan Solaris, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur .

Cost        :               Price: RM 20.00 net per person

Refreshments:     Coffee/Tea, cakes, cookies and snacks will be served.

Door Gifts! Tenji discount vouchers – RM50 off – valid till December 2010.  Vouchers are valued at RM 50.00 each, redeemable against a bill of at least RM200.00 on full-priced meal basis.

Come and learn more about the fabulous culture of the Peranakan and the unique beadwork and embroidery the Nyonyas indulged in..

What the talk is about:

Dr. Hwei Fen Cheah will share with us beautiful visuals and examples of Nyonya beadwork and embroidery. She will draw comparisons with dress, costumes, jewellery and interior decorations to explore Peranakan Chinese ideas about fashion, identity, change and women’s lives in the late 19thand 20thcenturies. Dr Hwei Fen is herself a Nyonya currently residing in Australia .

Biodata : Hwei-Fen lectures in Asian art and textile history at the Australian National University .  Her book on Nyonya beadwork in the Straits Settlements, based on her doctoral study, has just been published in March 2010 by National

Universityof SingaporePress.

Other attractions:

– An Artisan from Malacca specialising in Kasut manik(Beaded shoes) will demonstrate the unique art of nyonya beadwork and bring kasut manikfor sale.

– Display of rare beautiful beaded items on loan to PPBNKLS.

– Sale of Hwei Fen’s book, ‘PhoenixRising: Narratives of Nyonya Beadwork from the Straits Settlements ’( to be confirmed)


Please pay at the Entrance on the day itself. However, kindly confirm your attendance to peranakan_kl@yahoo.com.my by Monday, 5 April 2010.

Tour of Islamic Arts Museum 21 February

Katarzyna has organised a visit to the Islamic Arts Museum (IAM). A member of the museum staff will give us a guided tour. Saturday 21 February 10am RM12 Please sign up.

http://www.iamm. org.my/i_ ex/

The IAM currently has 2 special exhibitions: Islam in Britain & the Seven Principles of Islamic Architecture.

Visit to National Art Gallery Saturday 28 February

Visit to National Art Gallery
28 Feb 2009 from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
National Art Gallery staff will give us a guided tour. There will also be a talk on batik painting by an invited speaker.
An exhibition of batik paintings by celebrated Malaysian Artist – the late Mr. Chuah Thean Teng is currently being held at the National Art Gallery’
Sign up as usual through Yahoo! groups

Trip to Rimbun Dahan Feb 26

On Thursday 26 February at 10am we are invited to Rimbun Dahan. The compound of Rimbun Dahan is a centre for developing traditional and contemporary art forms. It features buildings designed by Hijjas Kasturi, as well as a 19th century traditional Malay house, in an indigenous garden environment. (see their website http://www.rimbundahan. org) Angela Hijjas from Rimbun Dahan is willing to give us an intro to the 14th Rimbun Dahan residency art exhibition and a tour around the garden and the Malay house.

Please sign up as usual through the Yahoo! group.

Visit to Eu Yan Sang Medical Hall February 12

Sign up by February 5 if you would like to join the MVM visit to Eu Sang Medical Hall, in Shaw Parade, Changkat Thambi Dollah, off Jalan Pudu, on February 12.

It all began in 1879 when Eu Kong left his hometown of Foshan, a village in Guandong province of southern China, to seek his fortune in Malaya. The industrious young man settled down in the small mining town of Gopeng, Perak. He noticed that the tin mine workers depended on opium to alleviate the pains and sufferings caused by the hard work and their poor living conditions. He then introduced traditional Chinese herbal remedies for them to nurse their health. And so the first Eu Yan Sang shop opened its doors.

The name of the company that Eu Kong started is made up of the words “Yan” and “Sang”. The former means benevolent, kind or humane in the Cantonese dialect while the latter represents birth, life or livelihood. “Yan Sang” literally means caring for mankind. We will be given a history of the family and company and a tour of the medical hall. For more on eu yan sang go to http://www.euyansang.com

Public Lecture on “Prehistory of Malaysia”


Public lecture ‘Prehistory of Malaysia’


Venue:  The Auditorium, Muzium Negara, Jalan Damansara, 50566 Kuala Lumpur.


Date & Time:  Saturday 14th June 10am.


Pre-registration required (as seats are limited) at mvmqueries@yahoo.com 

Admission free.



Dato’ Dr Adi bin Haji Taha, an eminent archaeologist and former Director General of the Department of Museums Malaysia, will give the inaugural public lecture presented by the Museum Volunteers Malaysia and hosted by Muzium Negara on ‘Prehistory of Malaysia’.  The talk will be for 45 minutes and there will be a Q&A session afterwards.  All are welcome.

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